Well Enough Alone

Well Enough Alone

A Cultural History of My Hypochondria

Book - 2008
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A hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac, as well as a look at the condition's history and broader cultural context. The good news is that Jennifer Traig does not have lupus, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Crohn's disease, or muscular dystrophy. What she does have is hypochondria. Traig's inquiry into her ailment is not only a personal account but also a literary tour of hypochondria, past and present: the implied hypochondria of the Talmud, the flatulence-obsessed eighteenth century, and the malady's current unfortunate lack of a celebrity spokesperson. At the same time, Traig provides an intimate look at the complement of minor conditions that have concealed her essential health and driven her self-diagnosis: the eczema, the shaky hands, and, worst of all, the bad hair. To her surprise, she ends her journey more knowledgeable than when she started out, a little less neurotic, and--one might say--healthier.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781594489914
Branch Call Number: 616.8525 T766w 2008
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jennifer Traig is hilarious! Her first book, Devil in the Details, was a trip through her childhood of obsessive religiosity and this memoir chronicles her hypochondria through the historical lens of hypochondria. You will laugh in the midst of learning everything there is to know about the subj... Read More »

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